January 22, 2021

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Danone cuts up to 2,000 office jobs

Danone cuts up to 2,000 office jobs

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The French food manufacturer Danone will cut up to 2,000 administrative functions, 400 to 500 of them in France. The company announced on Monday.

Danone points to the corona crisis which has affected a number of sales channels and resulted in higher costs. “We have to reinvent ourselves, just like everyone else in the way they live, work and consume,” said a press release. “Local first” plays a central role in the new plans, with more local autonomy and shorter decision-making lines. The aim is to save costs of 1 billion euros by 2023 and to achieve profitable growth again from the second half of 2021.

The cost savings must come from a “simpler” organization, among other things. “This means a reduction from 1,500 to 2,000 positions in our local and global headquarters,” it says. Danone also wants to focus more on digitization in its factories.

From January to September Danone achieved sales of around 18 billion euros, 5.4 percent less than a year earlier. In particular, the sale of bottled beverages suffered in many countries from the corona crisis and the associated closings of restaurants.

Danone is also represented in Belgium, including a factory in Rotselaar.